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It’s almost time for Halloween, which means lots of candy, caramel apples, and other sweet treats. You might assume that your dentist would tell you to steer clear of these treats in an effort to protect your oral health, be we know all too well how irresistible sweets can be, especially this time of year. And, it won’t get better any time soon, considering that Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t too far away. But, follow our tips to help keep your oral health on track this Halloween, and you can have your sweets and eat them too!
Drink plenty of water while enjoying sweets. While water alone is not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, it can help rinse away the remaining sugar in your mouth. At the least, swish your mouth out with water after putting a dent in your candy stash.
Not all sugar is created equal in terms of oral health. Believe it or not, but certain candy is worse for your teeth than others. Candy that is gummy or gooey is prone to sticking to your teeth and lingering in those deep cracks and crevices that are difficult to clean. And, if you don’t have good brushing habits, sugar left in those areas could be enough to fuel oral bacteria, leading to cavities. It’s for this reason that we recommend children get sealants on their back teeth.
Timing is Everything
Most people assume that it’s better to ration their candy and treats by grazing on it throughout the day instead of eating a pile of candy in one sitting. But, this just means you’re bathing your teeth in sugar repeatedly. Despite what you may think, it’s not necessarily the amount of sugar that you consume in one sitting that causes cavities, but instead, it’s the frequency.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing remains one of the best defenses against the threat of cavities and gum disease. However, when you find that you don’t have time or means to brush mid-day, chew on sugar-free gum that contains xylitol. This sugar-free alcohol has been shown to reduce the risk of cavities. Although you still should brush and floss every day.
Practice Oral Hygiene Habits Daily
Everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session, and floss daily. Plus, see the dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. Catching tooth decay or other oral health issues when they start is far better than waiting until you have a toothache or are in need of emergency dental care. Most dental problems can be prevented or treated easily in the early stages.
General Dentists in Nashville, Green Hills, and Belle Meade
Enjoy the Halloween season and the upcoming holidays without fear of ruining your teeth. Maintain a good oral hygiene habit each day, and follow our other tips for good oral health. If you would like to schedule a checkup, just call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209.